Family Fun and Discovery

 

Children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old are welcome to participate in age-appropriate activities in a safe, healthy environment while you work out.

 

 

Register Today

 

Child Watch registration is open! Register for Child Watch at your local Y at ymcapkc.org/locations.

 

 

Locations and Operating Hours

 

Availabilities vary by community center based on readiness.
Check with your center if you have questions.

Bremerton Family YMCA in Bremerton
 
Monday-Thursday | 8:30am-12:30pm and 4-8pm

Friday and Saturday | 8:30am-12:30pm

 
Gordon Family YMCA in Sumner
 
Monday-Thursday | 8am-12pm and 4-8pm

Friday and Saturday | 8am-12pm

 
Haselwood Family YMCA in Silverdale
 
Monday-Thursday | 8am-12pm and 4-8pm

Friday and Saturday | 8am-12pm

 
Lakewood Family YMCA in Lakewood
 
Monday-Thursday | 8am-12pm and 4-8pm

Friday and Saturday | 8am-12pm

Mel Korum Family YMCA in Puyallup
 
Monday-Thursday | 8am-12pm and 4-8pm

Friday and Saturday | 8am-12pm

 
Morgan Family YMCA in Tacoma
 
Monday-Thursday | 8:30am-12:30pm and 4-8pm

Friday and Saturday | 8:30am-12:30pm

 
Tom Taylor Family YMCA in Gig Harbor
 
Monday-Thursday | 8am-12pm and 4-8pm

Friday | 8am-12pm

 
University Y Student Center in Tacoma
 

Monday-Thursday | 4-8pm

 

Child Watch offers a safe space for your child to play and have fun. This program is designed to provide our members’ families with fun and engaging activities such as art projects, group games, and more! Child Watch promotes social interaction and connection in a supportive, healthy environment.

WHAT TO BRING AND PERSONAL BELONGINGS

Snacks

  • You are welcome to provide your child with a healthy snack. Due to allergies, no nut products are allowed in Child Watch.
  • Snacks must be in original packaging sealed with the ingredients listed with the exception of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • We do not allow candy, gum, or any food requiring utensils.
  • Infant bottles must be pre-mixed.

Personal Belongings

  • Please label all your child's belongings (bottles, pacifiers, etc.).
  • Please do not bring personal toys or valuables to Child Watch. We are not responsible for any lost or broken items.
  • Child must be changed and/or has used the restroom before entering Child Watch.

Diapering

  • Parents must supply diapers and wipes.
  • We do not apply cream, lotion, or powders.

Medicine

  • We will not administer any type of medications or natural remedies.

Potty Training

  • Pull-up required until child is accident-free for 30 days.

Health and Safety

  • Children with the following symptoms/illness will not be allowed in Child Watch: vomiting, diarrhea, fever, undiagnosed rash.
  • Child Watch staff will not administer any medication, topical ointments, or natural remedies.

Authorized Pickup

  • To be authorized for pickup you must be on the child's account in the Alaris system. Must be 18 years or older.
GUIDELINES AND POLICIES
  • Child Watch locations will stop accepting children 30 minutes before closing.
  • Care through Child Watch is provided for up to two hours per day.
  • Parent/Guardian must remain in the building at all times when children are in Child Watch.
  • Community Centers with outdoor fields, parent/guardians are allowed to be on the premises while children are in Child Watch.
  • Child Watch staff will not be permitted to have their own child(ren) in Child Watch.
  • Financial assistance will not be available to be applied to Child Watch.
WHY IS THERE A CAPACITY LIMIT IN CHILD WATCH?

Each Child Watch is unique and we will have a maximum capacity based on our occupancy for the space. We want to ensure staff are available to attend to participants while in proper staff-to-child ratio as well as enforce our cleaning policies to keep our members and families safe.

WHAT IS THE TIME LIMIT FOR CHILD WATCH?

Each child in your family can be checked into Child Watch for a maximum of two hours per day. Children cannot be checked in for two hours both in the morning and then again in the afternoon of the same day.

WILL STAFF BE WEARING MASKS?

Wearing a mask will be optional for our staff members while working in Child Watch.

WILL CHILD WATCH PARTICIPANTS BE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS?

No. Participants will not be required to wear masks. Masks will be optional and at the discretion of each family.

WHAT IS BEING DONE TO KEEP SPACES CLEAN AND SAFE?

The Y is committed to following guidelines and recommendations from Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We will continue to use the cleaning and safety protocols we developed at the onset of the pandemic to reduce risk and keep both our staff and members safe.

WHY HAVE CHILD WATCH RATES INCREASED?

It’s important to us that we provide the best possible experience for our members and families. This means we have qualified staff in place, enrichment programs to meet our families’ needs, and a clean and safe environment at all times.

As a result of rising operating costs, we are experiencing increasing expenses and need to adjust rates to continue to serve.

We are committed to maintaining a fixed rate for household memberships in the face of rising expenses.

WILL FAMILIES BE CHARGED FOR CHILD WATCH IN APRIL WITH LIMITED AVAILABILITY AND OPENING TIMES?

The Y will not prorate costs when Child Watch opens in April. We want to provide our members with the opportunity to determine if Child Watch at their local Y provides the value that they seek.

IF I’M NOT ABLE TO ACCESS THE CHILD WATCH PROGRAM AS OFTEN AS I’D LIKE BASED ON CAPACITY, WILL I BE REFUNDED OR PRORATED?

The Y is hopeful our families will use Child Watch as much as possible each month. We will not be prorating each month based on usage, as this is a flat rate.

IF MY CHILD CANNOT ATTEND DUE TO ILLNESS, WILL I BE REFUNDED OR PRORATED?

Please keep your children at home if they are feeling ill, as we will not be able to check in participants in if they are showing symptoms or sick. Our practice is to not prorate due to illness. If an illness is prolonged or unexpected circumstances arise, please reach out to the Youth Director at your local Y to discuss available options.